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Cedar Falls
United Church of Christ
9204 University Avenue
Cedar Falls, Iowa
The Voice

A bi-weekly publication

We will post our publication in the form of a pdf file.  You may download the most recent Voice by date.  We publish every other Tuesday.

2019 Educational Opportunities

Theological Forums 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
Wednesdays
led by Pastor Sue

   
January 2019
9-                        Power of Story
16-                        Stories from Literature
23-                        Stories from other cultures
30                        Stories from other Religions

February 2019
6-                        Power of Healing
13-                        Physical Healing
20-                        Emotional Healing
27-                        Spiritual Healing

March 2019
6    – Ash Wednesday – Worship then discussion        
         Forgiveness
13-                        Sin and Grace
20-                        Rituals that Empower Forgiveness
27                        Writings on Forgiveness (Poetry…)

April 2019
3            Anxiety – (helpful tools to deal with anxiety)
10            Fear – (including tools to wrestle with fear)
17    – Holy Week – No discussion Group
24            New Life – what gives us new life?

May 2019
1-            Mysticism
8-            Care for the Care Givers
15-            Spirituality of Aging
22-            Virtues and Values
29            Future

Workshops led by Rev Janice Jean Springer

   
Jan. 12                        Help. Thanks. Wow.
Inspired by the book Help. Thanks. Wow. by Anne Lamott, we will explore prayer, and what place It has in our lives. We’ll consider our questions and our doubts about prayer and also some of our holy moments in prayer. We’ll look at various forms of  prayer (including the three that Lamott calls essential: Help. Thanks. Wow.) Why do we pray? To whom are we praying? What do we expect to happen?

Feb. 9                        The Tao Te Ching
The Tao Te Ching (Tao is pronounced dow) is sacred scripture for the Taoist tradition in China. It has no stories (as do our gospels), but it offers us deep and universal wisdom. We will use our Christian perspective and scripture side by side with the Tao Te Ching and see how they support one another (or don’t.)

March 16            Four and More
We know the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. But there were many others written at about the same time, only discovered in the 20th century. We will look at some of those, compare them to the gospels we know,and explore the images and understandings of Jesus that each offers.

Apr. 13            The Easter Story
We will explore the story of Jesus’ last week. What do the four gospels say? How do they differ? What does it mean to say Jesus died for us? How do we understand resurrection? We will also share some of the abundant music, poetry and art that this story has inspired.

May 18            A Respectful Introduction to Islam
We will learn some basics about our cousins in the faith , explore their scripture a bit, see how they understand Jesus, and talk with a Muslim in our community.
    

2018 Educational Opportunities

Theological Forums/Discussion Group Topics 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

January 10, 2018          Resolutions
January 17, 2018          Christian Responses to Terrorism
January 24, 2018         
Social Justice Issues of Today and our Response
January 31, 2018          Compassionate Actions

February 7, 2018          Drinking Water for Everyone?

February 14 - Ash Wednesday Service
This marks the beginning of Lent.

February 21, 2018          Quotes to Live By
February 28, 2018          Spirit Stories

March 7, 2018                   Meaningful Music
March 14, 2018               Meaningful Art
March 21, 2018                Meaningful Drama
March 28, 2018                Searching for Meaning

April 4, 2018                     Media and Current Issues
April 11, 2018
 Favorite T.V. Series
April 18, 2018               Favorite T.V. Series
April 25, 2018               Favorite T.V. Series

May 2, 2018                     Favorite T.V. Series
May 9, 2018                     Favorite T.V. Series
May 16, 2018                  Favorite T.V. Series
May 23, 2018                  Favorite T.V. Series
May 30, 2018                  Favorite T.V. Series

(The Series beginning April 11th  - May 30th will include for instance watching an episode of West Wing that deals with forgiveness or an episode of M*A*S*H that deals with grief and denial.)

Workshops led by Rev Janice Jean Springer

 
January 9, 2018 - Fresh and Faithful Resources for Lent and Easter Worship Workshop  9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
This workshop, a resource for those who plan or lead worship, will offer creative worship services, sermons, liturgies, and children's messages.  We'll learn ways to bring our foundational story to life for the saints and the seekers, the believers and the doubters.  These resources have been well received in both traditional and progressive congregations.  You will go home with a packet of tools and resources that you can use this year.

February 3, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Learning to Read the Bible
The Bible is a very strange book!  How can we read it faithfully but expansively?  What assumptions do we hold, often unconsciously, that influence how we read?  There are various ways to read scripture:  how an we move beyond labeling some right and some wrong?  How does this book relate to our 21st century lives?  What do we do with some of the uglier verses, like Leviticus 20:9 (if your children talk back to you, stone them)?

March 3, 2018 - Poetry as Prayer - 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Poetry can be prayer, and can serve us as a catalyst for the spiritual journey.  Poems can help us explore the movement of Spirit in our own lives.  The poems we will look at will speak to our deepest yearnings and greatest fears and name our elusive hopes, our surprising courage, and our persistent dreams.  We will hear/read many poems, but this is not a study of poetry; rather in the poetry, exercises and practices that we'll share, we'll discover a tool for deepening our prayer life and our walk with God.

April 7, 2018 - Reframing Illness and Wellness  9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Reframing Illness and Wellness:  A Broader Perspective
You are invited to join us as we consider, through the lens of faith, counter-cultural concepts of illness and wellness.  We'll explore issues like these:
      What are some of the world's different medical models, and the perspective of health and healing that forms the basis of each?
     How can we be served but not limited by the medical model of our culture?
     Disease care and health care are not the same.  How can we access both?
     How can we reframe our spiritual practices to support us in time of illness?
     Your body believes every word you say:  what does that mean?
     How do we relate to our bodies in sickness and in health?
     How can we be healthy in a fear-based culture that is obsessed with disease?
     How can our words impact our health and the health of others?
     How can we pray when we struggle with illness?
We will try to model some of the ideas we discuss, so we will not share the gory details of our last operation or our nasty illness; we will not trash the medical personnel that serve us; we will not wallow in negativity and fear!
2017 Educational Opportunities
Workshops
Led by Rev. Janice Springer

January 7, 2017
     "More Grace:  The Art of Letting Go"






February 4, 2017
     "Here be Dragons"





Rev Janice Springer  has served churches for 35 years and is currently the Minister of Spiritual Formation at the UCC in Missoula, Montana.  Her articles have been published in several journals including Christian Century.  Janice is the author of Spiritual Depth in Christian Worship:  Ten Practices.  She has led workshops and retreats in the US and Canada.  She serves as a spiritual director and lives in Iowa and Montana.



Theological Forums for 2017

These theological forums are led by Rev Dr Susan K Weier who is pastor at Cedar Falls UCC and has been in ministry since 1981 serving as a settled pastor and as an intentional interim pastor.  She has served primarily in Iowa and Michigan.

We hold regular theological forums on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  We are open to all for these conversations and do not teach doctrine.  Come and share your thoughts.

We will begin again in September.



Flyer for More Grace:  The Art of Letting Go
“Love isn't a state of perfect caring.  It is an active noun, like struggle.  To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”
Flyer for Here Be Dragons
Mr. Rogers
 

2016 Educational Opportunities

Workshops led by Rev Janice Springer and Forums led by Rev Dr Susan K Weier

Rev Janice Springer  has served churches for 35 years and is currently the Minister of Spiritual Formation at the UCC in Missoula, Montana.  Her articles have been published in several journals including Christian Century.  Janice is the author of  Spiritual Depth in Christian Worship:  Ten Practices.  She has led workshops and retreats in the US and Canada.  She serves as a spiritual director and lives in Iowa and Montana.

Rev Dr Susan K Weier is pastor at Cedar Falls UCC and has been in ministry since 1981 serving as a settled pastor and as an intentional interim pastor.

Workshops and Forums Fall 2016

September
14th - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.- "Understanding the Bible"
21st - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Prophets:  Past or Present?
28th - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Biblical Perspectives on Homosexuality

October
1st - Workshop 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Reframing Illness and Wellness:  Seeking a Broader Perspective

5th - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Christian Perspectives on Homosexuality

12th - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  God Questions
19th - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Jesus Questions
26th - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Atonement:  What is it?

November
2nd - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Views of Heaven and Hell

5th - 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  "I Know We're Welcome at the Table, But do I Have to Sit Next to You?"

9th - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Views of Peace and War
16th - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Understanding the Holy Spirit